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The Saga of
Andy Burnett

Title Card - THE SAGA OF ANDY BURNETT

ABC Network
1958
Drama
60 Minutes

Jerome Courtland starred as Andy Burnett, a young frontiersman who roamed the Colorado/Dakotas/Wyoming areas of the 1830-1840s as buffalo hunter, mountain man and trapper. 

"Well kids, the story started a long time ago. Andy Burnett was a frontier boy from Kentucky who inherited Daniel Boone's rifle. As he grew up, he moved west across the country. In a way, the story of Andy growing up is the story of America growing too" -- Narration by Fess Parker to Mouseketeers

Fess Parker and Jerome Courtland - THE SAGA OF ANDY BURNETT
Fess Parker and Jerome Courtland (Andy Burnett)

Andy left home to escape an overbearing stepfather. As he trekked west, from Pittsburgh to the Blackfoot Indian territory, he had many adventures and met a few hardy mountaineers who kept him company along the way. They included:

  • Jeff York as Joe Crane
  • Slim Pickens as Old Bill Williams
  • Andrew Duggan as Jack Kelly

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THE SAGA OF ANDY BURNETT - DISNEYLAND

 

THE SAGA OF ANDY BURNETT - DISNEYLAND

THE SAGA OF ANDY BURNETT - DISNEYLAND

THE SAGA OF ANDY BURNETT - DISNEYLAND

THE SAGA OF ANDY BURNETT - DISNEYLAND

THE SAGA OF ANDY BURNETT - DISNEYLAND

THE SAGA OF ANDY BURNETT - DISNEYLAND

 

THE SAGA OF ANDY BURNETT - DISNEYLAND

 
     

TRIVIA NOTE: The Saga of Andy Burnett aired as part of the "Frontierland" segment on the ABC Sunday family anthology series DISNEYLAND (a.k.a. "Walt Disney Presents").

It ran for two seasons (1957-1958) with a total of six episodes; each of which were introduced by Walt Disney, the host of the series.

The Disney series was inspired by the historical  novels written by Stewart Edward White, including  "The Long Rifle" (1930) "Ranchero" (1933) "Folded Hills" (1932) and "Stampede" (1942). These four stories appeared in the posthumous published collection, The Saga of Andy Burnett (1947).

Jerome Courtland was the son of Mary Courtland, a vocalist who appeared on Your Hit Parade radio series. In later years, Courtland, a former leading man and nightclub singer, produced the 1967 religious sitcom THE FLYING NUN starring Sally Field..

Courtland returned to Disney Studios and produced the films, The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) and Pete's Dragon (1977)

His directing credits included such series as THE LOVE BOAT, PARTRIDGE FAMILY and FALCON CREST.

Obituaries: Jeff York: 10/11/1995; Slim Pickens: 12/08/1983; Andrew Duggan: 05/15/1988;


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